International Friendship Day
As a little red dot surrounded by a sea of green, Singapore realises the importance of forging strong solidarity and friendship with its neighbouring countries in order to survive. This ideal is imparted in students through the International Friendship Day commemorated every year on the third Friday of Term 2. This day is dedicated to the understanding of Singapore’s relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. It aims to alert students towards the geo-political realities inherent in Singapore, as well as nurture in them the spirit of friendship and partnership among different countries and different people.
- allowing students to examine how communities in Southeast Asia are connected through cultural, economic and geographical ties, thus learning the value of maintaining good relations with our neighbours in the region;
- helping students gain a deeper appreciation of regional cooperation and recognising how an active foreign policy has enabled us to maintain our international space and good relations with neighbouring countries;
- infusing students with a global outlook that makes them open to working well with people of different cultures, both within Singapore and in the world at large;
- helping students understand how the successful integration of Singaporeans and new immigrants will contribute towards Singapore’s continued success as an economy, society and nation;
- guiding, challenging and correcting students’ misconceptions and/or stereotypes of new immigrants and providing a platform for them to express acceptance of foreign cultures and norms.